In Her Own Words: Ruth Ann Raup
As he was growing up, my son Joshua and I would occasionally talk about the U.S. military, what our Soldiers do, and if our presence around the world makes a difference. After the events of 9/11, these conversations came more frequently and grew more serious. His paternal grandfather and step-grandfather were both career military, and Josh started saying he wanted to join the Marines when he graduated from high school. He was prepared to take on hard challenges. I wasn't against Josh enlisting—I'm still not.